asked me what is a good book to read to start DIYing... On this
page, I'll compile books that I have, read, or know will be good
for the DIYer or electronics buff.
books are not expensive... the most expensive of the bunch is $55.
But considering the knowledge you'll have (priceless), and the
savings you'll realize when you build that super-duper preamp for
a few hundred dollars rather than buying one and spending $1400,
these books are a bargain.
link to Amazon.com. I'd appreciate it if you can buy your books
by clicking on the links below :)
Art of Electronics
is the book that started it all for me... Back in the 1980s...
(which is the First Edition of this book). It was the summer
after 6th grade and I saw this at the bookstore. I opened
it and couldn't understand a thing written on it. I remember
thinking "this is great... I don't understand
any of it. By the time I'm finished with the book, I'll
know about them." Three years later, I was already
building 100watt transistor amplifiers, preamps with bass/mid/treble
and loudness circuits with built-in phono preamp, stereo
expanders, etc... This is the book that made me want to
be an engineer. So that's what I took in College.
About the authors:
Paul Horowitz is Professor of Physics at Harvard University,
where he teaches physics and electronics. He originated
Harvard's Laboratory Electronics course, now in its 25th
year. His research interests include observational astrophysics,
x-ray and particle microscopy, optical interferometry,
and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He is
the author of some 200 scientific articles and reports,
has consulted widely for industry and government, and is
the designer of numerous electronic and photographic instruments.
Winfield Hill is Director of Electronic Engineering at the
Rowland Institute for Science (founded by Edwin Land),
where he has designed some 250 electronic instruments.
Recent interests include high-voltage RF (to 15kV) and
precision high-current electronics (to 6000A). He was formerly
at Harvard University, where he designed over one hundred
electronic and scientific instruments; he then founded
Sea Data Corporation, where as chief engineer he designed
some fifty oceanographic instruments. He has collaborated
in numerous deep ocean experiments, and has authored a
dozen scientific and technical articles.
The history of the book according to the authors
The Art of Electronics started life as a set of notes for
an electronics course, Physics 123, taught in the Physics
Department at Harvard University since 1974. We chose this
course number because we wanted to teach "all of electronics" in
one semester -- that is, "1-2-3 Electronics".
first tried a few textbooks, of the "electronics
for scientists" variety, but were unhappy with them
all. None seemed to offer the intuitive "back-of-the-envelope" approach
to electronic design -- that we favor. So we started writing
(literally: in pencil, on paper, by hand) a set of "notes".
(click here for a sample page.) These grew to some 200
pages, and acquired considerable popularity. People wanted
copies, even if they weren't taking the course.
After xeroxing a few hundred copies, we decided that there
was a need for a real book, one that explained how real
circuit designers design circuits. The scope of The Book
(as we called it) grew enormously, with a large-format
first edition of some 700 pages, extended to over 1100
pages, 1000 figures, and 80 tables in the second edition.
* 1125 large format pages
* 80 component-selection tables
* 1500 figures
* extensive practical advice
* back-of-the-envelope techniques
* exhaustive 4000-entry index
Getting Started in Electronics
This is a short book... and more like a crash course in
electronics. If the 1,125 pages of The Art of Electronics
SCARES you, start with this one!
The author is Forrest Mims, another well known author in
the electronics world... up there with the likes of Horowitz.
He has written several books and circuit scrapbooks. It's
always interesting and a learning experience looking at
his projects. The author teaches you the basics, takes
you on a tour of analog and digital components, explains
how they work, and shows you how they are combines for
various applications. Includes circuit assembly tips and
100 electronic circuits and projects you can build and
A reviewer at Amazon said it nicely...
I cannot overstate
the impact this book has had in my life.
My dad bought
me a copy of this book when I was in 7th grade.
later, I'm working in the electronics industry, and
I keep my original copy handy for reference or explaining
electronics concepts, and I regularly buy additional copies
to give to coworkers and friends who need a crash course
in electronics. There are some other books (_The
Art of Electronics_ for instance) that I hold almost as dearly,
but while I'm sure people can come up with flaws in this
book, it's been on my shelf for more than half my life.
literally got me started in electronics.
Look at that... this reviewer just like me started in 7th
grade... and yes, it has started our love for Electronics.
Active Filter Cookbook
Don Lancaster classic is by far the best-selling active
filter book of all time. It gives you everything you need
to know to build active lowpass, bandpass, and highpass
active filter uses op amps, resistors, and capacitors.
Advantages include lower cost, easy tuning, simple
design, and modularity. Lancaster's Active Filter Cookbook
includes practical elements such as working circuits,
ready-to-use design tables, tuning, and real-world
applications, making it easy to use and apply. You'll
find both instant design and the mathematics behind
What can you do with it?
Build Filters! What else? EQ circuits, low-cut, low-pass,
high-cut, bandpass, etc... now you can build your own dream
EQ that rivals the EQ found on big mixing boards.
Craig Anderton's Home Recording for Musicians
Okay, this is not a book about Electronics but this is the
book that started me with recording and home studios. It
explains the basics and assumes you don't know squat anything
about recording, or what a compressor is, reverb, delay,
I highly recommend this book. Yes, the pictures and screenshots
are of vintage sequencers... but the underlying principle
and explanation is still the same.
author is Craig Anderton... well known musician, engineer,
writer... Just Google him to learn more about all his
The Audiophile's Project Sourcebook: 80 High-Performance Audio
the whole point of DIYing???? THE PROJECTS YOU WANT,
FOR LESS. Have fun building them and save money too. Plus
knowing you're using a custom-built gear puts that something "special" in
Balanced input driver/receiver circuits
Preamps for home and stage
Passive and active filters
Bi-amping and tri-amping filters
Speaker protection systems
Clip detection circuits
Homemade test equipment
Practical Electronics for Inventors (Paperback)
Sometimes, after so much reading about electronics, you
just get the itching to DO SOMETHING! Enough theory! Let's
what? This is the book for you! Now, don't get me wrong...
this book gives good, easy-to-understand theories (but
not too deep) on the "whys" and "how" it
works. If you want to learn electronics in a practical
and hands-on manner, this is your kind of book. The
book explains how each component works, and how the
circuit functions. Of course, some basic knowledge
of electronics is still useful, so if you don't have
that, check the first 2 books I've listed above.